The adjunct faculty at North Park University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management are part-time faculty members who are professionals in the business, government, and non-profit sectors. These unique individuals bring a wealth of real world experience into the classroom.
Katherine AclesDirector of Operations, School of Business and Nonprofit Management, North Park University
Katherine Acles teaches marketing and IT courses for graduate students, drawing on her extensive career in the telecommunications industry introducing new leading-edge technology products to the market. She began her career in as a software engineer with Bell Laboratories and advanced to senior product management for AT&T/Lucent Technologies/Alcatel-Lucent. Acles earned her MS from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Michelle AronsonHuman Resources Director, Swedish Covenant Hospital
Michelle Aronson has 15 years of professional experience in human resources and currently serves as the director of human resources at Swedish Covenant Hospital, an urban, nonprofit, 230-bed teaching hospital with over 2,500 employees. Her professional experience includes benefits, compensation, recruitment, employee health, wellness, organizational development, and strategy. Aronson is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Managers (SHRM) where she holds a Senior Professional Certification. She earned an MBA at the University of Illinois.
Jacqueline Babb served as the director of development and strategic programs for the Illinois CPA Society for eight years. In this role, she was the staff director for the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, the philanthropic arm of of the Illinois CPA Society, and led a team in developing marketing strategies and programs to engage accounting majors with the organization. She teaches courses in integrated marketing communications and marketing for nonprofit organizations. Babb earned her MS from Northwestern University.
Henry BalaniManaging Director, BankersAccuity
Henry Balani is responsible for managing the global compliance and risk practice for BankersAccuity, a division of Reed Business Information. He provides overall direction and leadership to the practice of product management, delivery, and support of solutions related to addressing financial crime in all industries. Prior to joining BankersAccuity, Balani managed consulting practices with some of the largest professional service organizations in the world, including Accenture, IBM, and Pegasystems. He earned his MBA from Northern Illinois University and a PMP from the Project Management Institute.
Meghann BeerNonprofit Consultant
Meghann Beer is a nonprofit consultant who works with organizations of diverse sizes and missions to help them expand their capacity, develop successful strategies, and effectively evaluate their programs. She has over ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector including having been the executive director of Giving Back to Africa, an international education and community development organization. She has also taught courses in nonprofit management and leadership at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington; directed service-learning experiences in Kenya, Tanzania, and Nepal; and co-created and led Africa Yoga Project’s volunteer service trips in Kenya. Beer earned her MPA from Indiana University.
Juan CalixtoOwner and Principal Consultant, Ideation First
Vice President of External Relations, Chicago Community Loan Fund
Juan Calixto, CFRE, is vice president of external relations for Chicago Community Loan Fund, a not-for-profit community development financial institution that provides financing and technical assistance for projects that will have a positive social impact. He is also co-owner and principle consultant for Ideation First LLC, a firm that provides management and fundraising counsel to nonprofit and public agencies. He launched his fundraising consulting practice in 2007 after working for 20 years in the social service sector. He was the former director of development for Mujeres Latinas en Acción and Spanish Coalition for Jobs. He also was a center director for Chicago Youth Centers. Calixto is co-founder of Latinos in Development and served as the first president of this professional association. He earned his MPA from Roosevelt University.
Emile Cambry Jr.Social Entrepreneur
Emile Cambry's business and finance experience includes investment banking for JPMorgan Chase, serving as the interim CEO of a certified public accounting firm, and co-founding MetroWorks, an award-winning film production company. He is the founder and CEO of social entrepreneurship ventures that include the 21st Century Youth Project and the Chicago Film Group, and he is the festival director of the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. Cambry is an Ideas Award Fellow, recognized as a leader and change-agent of the world tomorrow, while making an impact on local and regional communities today. He earned his MBA from Northwestern University.
Alese CampbellExecutive Director, GLMV Chamber of Commerce
Alese Campbell, CPA, started her career with Touche Ross, now Deloitte, as a staff auditor and moved on to become a successful entrepreneur for 14 years, owning two convenience store franchises. She followed her entrepreneurial path to serve as the director of the Small Business Development Center at the College of Lake County, a program is designed to assist prospective and current entrepreneurs jump-start or expand their business. Currently, Campbell is the executive director of the GLMV Chamber of Commerce, a 500-member orgnaization serving the communities of Green Oaks, Libertyville, Mundelein, and Vernon Hills. Campbell earned her MBA from North Park University.
Mae Elise CannonSenior Campaign and Policy Analyst, World Vision - Middle East
Mae Elise Cannon currently serves as the senior campaign and policy analyst for Jerusalem/West Bank at World Vision USA. An ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church, she is a pastor, writer, activist, and academic who cares deeply about God's heart for the world through righteousness and justice. Cannon previously served with Compassion International as a consultant for child advocacy issues in the Middle East, as executive pastor of Hillside Covenant Church in Walnut Creek, Calif., and as director of development and transformation for extension ministries at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Ill. She is the author of Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World (IVP, 2009) and Just Spirituality: How Faith Practices Fuel Social Action (IVP, 2013). Cannon earned her MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, her MDiv/MBA from North Park Theological Seminary and North Park University, and is pursuing doctoral studies and the University of California—Davis.
Christa Beall DiefenbachDirector of Marketing, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
Christa Diefenbach has worked for over 15 years in development, communications, and event management for nonprofits that range in size from small to multi-million dollar institutions. She launched successful major gift campaigns at two human services organizations, raising over a million dollars through major gifts and grants. She earned her MBA from North Park University and previously served as the associate director at the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management.
Jeff DillardAttorney, Dillard and Noel, Attorneys at Law
Jeff Dillard’s law practice includes extensive experience in entertainment and real estate law, having represented Grammy Award-winning musical artists, NBA and NFL players, as well as produced or given counsel for feature films, television shows, and documentaries. He serves on the board for National Covenant Properties, the quarter-billion-dollar lending affiliate of the Evangelical Covenant Church, the Advisory Board for North Park University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management, and the board of the Charles Stepney Foundation, a music and arts organization. Dillard earned his JD at the Illinois Institute of Technology-Kent College of Law.
Judith DonorIndependent Consultant
Judith Donor is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker. She has more than 25 years of experience in the business world, primarily in the areas of custom home building (design and sales) and international sales and development. She has utilized multicultural skills in working across these cultures, and implemented an ISO program throughout an entire organization and its subsidiaries. She is a management and organizational development consultant whose specialty is in human resource issues and management development to create forward thinking workplaces. She earned her MBA from North Park University.
Robert DwyerConsultant, Executive Service Corps of Chicago
Robert Dwyer is currently a consultant with Executive Service Corps of Chicago (ESC), offering nonprofit and public-agency clients his expertise in operational leadership, marketing, and emergency planning. Previously, Dwyer held the positions of senior vice president of corporate communications at Fleishman-Hillard and vice president of corporate communications at Exelon Corporation. During his 20-year career at Exelon, he served in various communications and public relations roles, including heading its corporate citizenship function and directing an annual budget of roughly $20 million in corporate grants to the community.
Dwyer is a commissioner and former chairman of the board at the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service and is a fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago. He holds a master’s degree in communications from Northwestern University.
David EnquistPresident, Enquist and Associates, Inc.
David W. Enquist has over 30 years of lending experience to entrepreneurial companies across the United States, including establishing his own lending and consulting business in 1989 after a career as a commercial banker. Over the years, he has been responsible for originating nearly $1 billion in commercial loans, and is a recognized authority in the packaging and utilization of Small Business Administration guaranteed loans. In addition, Enquist has been an owner and involved in the operation of a number of small businesses, using his lending expertise to creatively structure a broad range of financial solutions. He earned his MBA at DePaul University.
Jennifer FranklinAssistant Dean for Career Services, Southern Illinois University School of Law
Jennifer D. Franklin is the assistant dean for career services at Southern Illinois University School of Law. Prior to joining SIU Franklin was an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General and worked in the Akron Regional Office of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. She serves on the Diversity Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section and as secretary for the Standing Committee on Law-Related Education for the Public of the Illinois State Bar Association. She is also currently co-chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Black Women Lawyer’s Association of Greater Chicago. Franklin earned her JD from the University of Akron School of Law.
Mark GavoorOwner and Founder, CR-Supply Chain Consulting
Mark Gavoor the owner and founder of CR-Supply Chain Consulting. He has over 32 years of experience in quality and supply chain management in the consumer products and automotive industries.
He was previously vice president, supply chain, at Newell Rubbermaid’s Office Products Division and spent sixteen years at Colgate-Palmolive where he was the director of customer service and logistics for the Latin American Division.
Gavoor is an active member of the American Society for Quality Control where he is on the editorial review board for Quality Progress Magazine. He has an MS in mathematics from the University of Michigan, and master's degrees in operations research and statistics from Wayne State University.
Carrie GroulxExecutive Director
Carrie Groulx is an executive director managing the daily operations of one of the largest home care agencies in Chicago. She has over 13 years experience in the healthcare industry, including over 10 years as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and experience working with the CEO of a hospital. Groulx has a diverse knowledge of the financial and clinical components of operating a healthcare environment while maintaining quality care and positive financial outcomes. She has worked with undergraduate and graduate students from Western Kentucky University and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire pursuing degrees in healthcare administration, and has mentored students choosing to work in the senior care industry. Groulx earned her MHA from Western Kentucky University.
Tim HargesheimerAssociate Account Director, New Control Direct & Digital
Tim Hargesheimer has more than 13 years of professional marketing experience that includes consumer rewards, specialized products, project/product management, operations in e-commerce, business strategy, P&L management, creative solutions and unique affiliate/loyalty marketing program initiatives. In previous roles, Hargesheimer has worked as the director of marketing and communications for Sun-Times Media; as a senior agency contact with The Lacek Group on the United Airlines MileagePlus account; as the manager of Restaurant.com’s partner marketing initiatives for multi-unit establishments and of Discover Card’s exclusive online shopping portal (ShopDiscover); and on various loyalty-based transit programs while at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
Ericka HarneyOwner, Cause Head Consulting; President, FemCity Lexington, a Femfessionals chapter
Ericka Harney, CFRE, GPC, CVA, has over 15 years of experience in fundraising, grant writing, board training/development, strategic planning, social entrepreneurship, and program effectiveness. She has been responsible for $20 million in grant requests with successful grant awards of over $8 million. In her experience in annual fund, major gift fundraising, and events, she was responsible for raising over $1.2 million. Harney serves as a federal grant peer reviewer, serves on the governing board for the Grant Professionals Certification Institute, and is a peer reviewer for The Foundation Review Journal. Harney earned her MA from the University of Kentucky.
Paul Hawkinson has extensive experience as a senior executive in finance and nonprofit leadership. After graduating from North Park University, he served in the audit function at Deloitte and Touche and then completed graduate studies in finance at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Hawkinson's career in investment banking included serving in leadership at Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, and BMO Capital Markets, where he presided over the entire U.S. Industrial Investment Banking Practice. His specific areas of expertise are in automotive industry/cross-border M&A, private equity, and LBO finance. Since his retirement from banking in 2012, Hawkinson has served as a partner in a socially responsible hedge fund (AHP), founded and launched an iPhone application and other startup ventures, and has continued to lead various nonprofit boards. He is particularly interested in driving innovation at the intersection of “for-profit” thinking and social change.
Kevin Hines has over 15 years of professional sales and marketing experience with companies such as Kraft Foods, AT&T, and SBC. He started on the ground floor with Kraft Foods as a sales representative and advanced to several positions including account executive and area manager. At Kraft Hines was known for his creative yet strategic approach to launch promotional campaigns which aided in bringing new products to market. He also brings experience from the telecommunications industry with AT&T and SBC where he was instrumental in new business development to grow market share for these telecom giants. Hines earned his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Christopher HubbardAcademic Advisor and Assessment Coordinator, North Park University School of Adult Learning
Christopher Hubbard’s professional experiences have been primarily in the nonprofit sector, specifically in local congregational work as a director of youth/students and in higher education institutions with responsibilities ranging from career development, admissions, and instruction to academic advising and assessment coordination. He is also the principal consultant for his career development consulting start-up, Fern Chicago. Hubbard earned his MBA and MA from North Park University and is currently a PhD candidate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where his research focuses on exploring the relationship between upward mobility and cognitive and behavioral self-leadership strategies.
Penelepe HuntSenior Consultant, Marts & Lundy, Inc.
Penny Hunt is a professional management consultant and executive coach with 25 years of experience in the development field. She is a principal with the firm of Marts & Lundy, a leading consulting firm serving the nonprofit sector, where she focuses on campaign fundraising, comprehensive development programs, and talent management. She has an extensive teaching and training background, have trained over 2,000 academics and development professionals in the theory and practice of fundraising. Before joining Marts & Lundy in early 2013, Hunt served as vice chancellor for development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she led UIC’s $650 million campaign, which exceeded its goal by $26 million. Prior to joining UIC, she spent 13 years at Northwestern University, where she directed the university’s $1.5 billion comprehensive campaign. Her book, Development for Academic Leaders: A Practical Guide to Fundraising Success, was published by Jossey-Bass in 2012. Hunt earned her MM from Northwestern University.
Brady JosephsonStrategic Director, Charity Express
Brady Josephson is passionate about improving and changing charities to improve and change people’s lives. He served as the director of resource development at Spark Ventures in Chicago before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, to work for Opportunity International Canada. There, he held the position of national director for marketing and communications before his move to Charity Express. Josephson serves on the board of the Seacrest Foundation, as well as the advisory council for Spark Ventures and Diamond Club executive committee at North Park University. He earned his MNA from North Park University.
Terry LindsayDean of Diversity and Intercultural Programs, North Park University
Dr. Terry Lindsay joined North Park University in 2008 as dean of diversity and intercultural programs and associate professor of cultural studies. He served previously as associate professor and dean of student development at Harper College, and his areas of interest are diversity in higher education and retention of underrepresented students. Lindsay earned his EdD at Argosy University.
Eric LugoVice President in Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Eric B. Lugo, vice president in global philanthropy, is currently responsible for the local implementation and communication of the global philanthropic
strategy at JPMorgan Chase & Co. In this capacity, he oversees grantmaking activities, along with coordinating efforts across various
stakeholders including internal senior business partners, not-profit organizations, public sector officials, and clients. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Lugo was senior development officer at Instituto del Progreso Latino, a leading workforce development, education, and civic organization in Chicago. He earned dual-master's degrees in business administration and integrated marketing communications from Loyola University Chicago.
Alexander MacnabPresident, Alexander Macnab & Co.
Alexander “Sandy” Macnab, FAHP, CFRE, is president of Alexander Macnab & Co., a fundraising consulting company he founded in 1994 after serving as assistant vice president for development at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. The creator of nationally recognized annual and planned giving programs, he has conducted feasibility studies, counseled capital campaigns, and provided planned and major gift support to clients throughout North America. A Certified Fundraising Executive and a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, he is a former board member of the Chicago Council on Planned Giving, and is their 2012 recipient of the Jonathan Heintzelman Award for service to the planned giving profession. Macnab earned his MEd from Antioch College.
Judith MucheckVice President of Business Education and Stategy Innovation, LifeWatch
Having studied educational policy at the postgraduate level, Judith Mucheck offers over 25 years of experience as a reflective practitioner and administrator at the local and central offices of Catholic schools across the country. Prior to becoming the vice president of business education and strategy innovation for LifeWatch, Judie worked as the president at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Ill., Mucheck served as the superintendent of schools in the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, where she coordinated 18 schools, providing expertise in finance and budgeting, human resources, planning and constructing new facilities, strategic planning, and assisting schools in the articulation of their mission. She earned her MS Ed from University of Dayton and a PhD from Georgia State University.
Nichole NabasnyDirector of External Relations, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
Dr. Nicki Nabasny is a nonprofit professional with expertise in higher education fundraising. Currently, she is the director of external relations at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, where she is responsible for major gift fundraising and alumni relations. Her extensive development experience includes annual giving, major gifts, volunteer management, stewardship and donor relations, alumni relations, and strategic planning. Nabasny earned her MNA and EdD from the University of San Francisco.
Christopher NicholsonSenior Director, Graduate and Adult Admissions, North Park University
Chris Nicholson has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education enrollment management, marketing, and academic administration. Currently, he is the senior director of admissions for graduate and adult programs at North Park. He has significant experience in curriculum development and program management, and has served as an adjunct faculty member for over 10 years. A former associate consultant for Noel-Levitz, Inc., Nicholson routinely lectures and presents at universities and conferences on topics in higher education. His PhD is from Loyola University Chicago.
Timothy O'BrienPrincipal, Mutuality Associates, LLC
Dr. Tim O’Brien is an experienced practitioner, consultant, and educator in nonprofit administration. Along with teaching, O’Brien is the founder and general manager of Mutuality Associates, LLC, a consulting and training organization focusing on nonprofit organizations and faith communities. His practice areas include nonprofit finance and operations assessment and education as well as leadership development. O'Brien earned his MA in Management from John F. Kennedy University and his PhD from Union Institute and University (Cincinnati).
Melissa Patterson is the operations specialist and graduate advisor at the School of Business and Nonprofit Management. She previously worked as a manager in corporate finance at RR Donnelley, a manager in international sales and market planning at United Airlines, and a senior auditor at Ernst & Young, LLP. Patterson earned her MBA from the University of Chicago.
Martin PaulsonChief County Assessment Officer, Lake County
Marty Paulson has worked in the property tax arena for over twenty years and for the last ten years as the chief county assessment officer for Lake County. He was appointed by the General Assembly to the State Property Tax Reform and Relief Task Force; has served on the board of the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County; and was a part of the initial board of trustees for St. Martin des Porres High School – a Cristo Rey School. Paulson earned his MBA and MS from DePaul University.
Kurt PetersonDeputy Commissioner, Bureau of Human Resources
City of Chicago, Department of Fleet and Facility Management
Kurt Peterson has over 18 years of experience in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors in the fields of organizational behavior, training, and human resource management. He has provided leadership to educational institutions and corporate consulting firms as a teacher, administrator, human resources manager, and consultant. In his current position with the city of Chicago, Peterson is responsible for the human resources bureau of a 1,150-employee department, overseeing payroll and personnel services, hiring, training, injured-on-duty and return-to-work programs, and labor/employee relations. He earned his MS from Regis University and MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary.
Marlon SmithManaging Director, Loop Capital Markets
Marlon Smith is a managing director with Loop Capital Markets and currently heads the infrastructure investment banking team. Prior to joining Loop Capital Markets, he was a vice president in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs, and Co. and began his career as a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen. Over the course of the last 15 years Smith has executed numerous strategic and financing transactions for many well-known corporations and government clients. His experience includes acquisitions, divestitures, public-private partnerships (P3), restructurings, and debt and equity financings spanning multiple infrastructure and related industry sectors including utilities, telecommunications, media, technology, transportation, hospitality, and general industrials. Smith currently serves as treasurer and trustee of Merit School of Music. He earned a BS in accountancy from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Debra M. StonikasCEO, Northpointe Consulting; Executive Director, M.E.R.C.Y. Communities
Debra Stonikas serves as the executive director of M.E.R.C.Y. Communities, a human services organization, where she instituted both a client outcome measurement platform as well an innovative key performance indicator incentive plan for staff. She also consults with nonprofits in the realms of strategic planning, performance measurement, and organizational outcomes. Prior to moving to the nonprofit sector, Stonikas worked in various managerial positions in the corporate world, including serving as the chief information officer of a regional bank. She earned her MBA at DePaul University.
Shannon Anglea StubblefieldDevelopment Director, North County Lifeline
Shannon Anglea Stubblefield, CFRE, is the development director at North County Lifeline, a social services organization in California. She previously served as the director of individual giving for the Greater Chicago Food Depository and as a development officer at the McCormick Tribune Foundation, where she raised funds through national partnerships and local individual donor relationships. Stubblefield also served as the evaluation and development manager for a social service organization that grew out of a department of United Way to become 2-1-1 San Diego. In this capacity, she managed all aspects of fundraising, including government contracts, grants, and individual giving. Stubblefield earned an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.
Darrylinn ToddVice President of Academic and Student Affairs, City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College
Dr. Darrylinn Todd is committed to the mission of a learning and assessment-centered college system, which empowers students of diverse backgrounds and abilities to achieve academic, career, and personal success. Her educational and business career spans over 20 years and includes administration and leadership positions in the development of best practices to support the implementation of AA, AS, AAS, and online degrees at the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC). She has also held a number of education, business, and management positions with Chicago Public Schools, Lucent Technologies, AT&T, and Bell Laboratories in Illinois and New Jersey. Todd earned her MA from Oakland University as well as an MBA and EdD from Northern Illinois University.
Kathryn Vanden BerkOf Counsel, Bea & Vanden Berk
Kathryn Vanden Berk is an expert in employment and nonprofit law, and has successfully taken a wide variety of nonprofit organizations through the startup process. She has advised both large and small organizations nationwide on issues of governance, leadership, management, corporate structure, taxation, and employment administration. She is a seasoned teacher, author, and seminar leader and has trained attorneys, accountants, and nonprofit leaders through the Nonprofit Financial Center, Chicago Bar Association, Executive Service Corps, and the Council on Accreditation. She is an editor of Starting a Nonprofit Organization in Illinois: Do It Right the First Time, a handbook sold by the Donors Forum, and authored the chapter on employment law in the IICLE Handbook on Not-for-Profit Corporations. Vanden Berk earned her JD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Law.
Nancy WardNonprofit Consultant, Nan Ward Consulting
Nancy Ward is a nonprofit management and fundraising professional with 20 years of experience in Chicago’s nonprofit community. She currently works with small and midsized organizations who have limited staff and resources, providing consulting and project management services in the areas of fundraising, strategic planning, board and staff leadership development, program planning, and evaluation. Ward formerly served as the director of development for both the Hemophilia Foundation of Illinois (now Bleeding Disorders Alliance) and Mujeres Latinas en Accion where she implemented development programs. She has served on the boards of Chicago Women in Philanthropy (CWIP) and the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits. Ward earned an MPA from Roosevelt University.
Rick YngvePresident/Consultant, Yngve & Associates
Rick Yngve is as an advisor, speaker, and teacher with experience built from a career in entrepreneurial development, the nonprofit sector, and higher education, as well as involvement in the startups of a software company and regional sports magazine company. Yngve advises small businesses and nonprofits across the country, offering training and consulting on business planning, customer and competitive research, relational marketing strategies, and sales/fundraising techniques. He has been a featured speaker at a variety of schools, conferences, and leadership programs, and teaches university courses including entrepreneurship, marketing, nonprofit management, strategy, and leadership. Yngve earned his MBA at the University of Arizona.
Laura ZumdahlPresident and CEO, New Moms
Dr. Laura Zumdahl has spent her career working in nonprofit organizations both professionally and personally. She was previously the vice president of nonprofit services at Donors Forum, the Illinois association of grant-makers and nonprofits. Zumdahl formerly served in leadership roles in legal aid, higher education, and child welfare, and was named a 2010 Emerging Nonprofit Leadership Fellow by the Chicago Community Trust. Her academic interests include nonprofit leadership and management and organizational development. She earned an MSW from the University of Chicago and her PhD from Cardinal Stritch University.
Owner, Backlund Associates, Ltd. and Backlund & Crawford
Paul Backlund currently owns two companies: Backlund Associates, Ltd. (a management consulting firm) and Backlund & Crawford (a marketing and relationship building company). Throughout his career, he has directed sizable organizations in the achievement of their profit and performance objectives, including new product launches, mergers and acquisitions, employee benefits, and education. His experience includes a range of high-level positions in human resources, higher education, strategic planning, marketing, business development, and management consulting. Backlund earned an MBA from Northwestern University.
Senior Content Strategist, Razorfish
Janet Borggren has more than 20 years of experience in management and technology consulting. Some of her projects have included designing the user interface for an online electricity marketplace, developing a program to “re-tool” an international IT practice, managing content for a corporate website, creating business processes for an internet startup, managing a project team split between Chicago and Manila, and working with Second City to write a video mocking “consultantese.” Borggren earned her MA at the University of Chicago.
Director of Advancement, Chicago Children's Choir
Crystal Bowyer is a nonprofit executive with experience in arts and culture, education, and social services. She currently serves as the director of advancement for Chicago Children's Choir, a music education organization serving more than 3,000 children annually through in-school and after-school programs. Her responsibilities include fundraising, communications, public relations, and board management. Prior to joining Chicago Children's Choir, she worked in advancement at Boys & Girls Town of Missouri. Bowyer earned her MNA from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business.
Partner in Financial Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Marie Carr has worked in management consulting for the past sixteen years. In addition to her work in management consulting, Carr is on the ministerial board of Christian Heritage Training Center where she serves as the minister of music and as the president of Finance: According to Your Faith (FATYF), which is a Christian financial education ministry. Since 2006, FATYF has been seen in more than 100 countries and the teachings, workshops, and classes have helped a broad range of churches, conferences, youth programs, and universities. Carr earned her MBA at the University of Chicago and a PhD from Hope Bible School and Seminary.
Vice President, Human Capital Management, American Westbrook Insurance Services
As a certified professional in human resources, Greg Crawford brings more than 20 years of human resources management experience to his current position as vice president, human capital management. He was the director of employment for Empire BlueCross/BlueShield of New York, director of human resources for the start-up operations of National Futures Association, human resources manager for the Chicago Board of Trade. In addition, Crawford has held senior sales and marketing positions with the Signature Group, Adecco, and the TJ Adams Group. He earned his MA at Governors State University.
Dr. John DeFoggi is the president of Business Process & Technology Management, LLC, which is a consultancy that serves the medical industry with both technical and marketing medical device expertise. His professional interests are in innovation, product development, market research, user and use assessment, and product market introductions. He is named in two medical device patents and has published a journal article in Journal of Applied Business and Economics. DeFoggi is a member of the human factors engineering committee with the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, which is a national standards committee. He earned his MBA at Olivet Nazarene University and DBA from Anderson University.
Controller, Jeff McClusky & Associates
After spending five years in public accounting as a senior accountant for a small CPA firm in Evanston, Lauren Fisher moved on to corporate accounting. She currently works part-time as a controller for a music promotion company while teaching graduate accounting courses. Fisher earned her MAFM from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
Chief Operating Officer, Albany Park Community Center
Brendan P. Foster has over 15 years of experience serving the nonprofit social services sector and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Albany Park Community Center. Prior to joining APCC, Foster served as an Associate Vice President at Family Guidance Centers, Inc., where he designed, developed, and managed programs for adults suffering from addiction. Foster is serving his third term on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Park Community Shelter where he has been a volunteer for over 12 years. He earned his MBA and MNA at North Park University.
Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Swedish Covenant Hospital
In her position at Swedish Covenant Hospital, Leigh Ginther is responsible for using all marketing channels to reach consumer and physician audiences. She has a keen interest in consumer behavior and trying new techniques to reach consumers in ways most meaningful and helpful for them. Ginther earned her MA at DePaul University.
Executive Director and Dean, University Center of Lake County
Dr. Gary Grace has over 30 years of higher education experience in both public and private institutions, including at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Morehead State University, Miami University, Florida State University, and Illinois Wesleyan University. For fourteen years, Grace also served as a visiting faculty member in the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr College. Grace’s expertise and teaching is in the areas of collaborative partnerships, enrollment management, strategic planning, information technology, student learning, and retention. He earned his PhD from Florida State University.
Kasthuri Henry is an international finance professional and a Six Sigma Black Belt with over 20 years of corporate experience. She is the president of KasHenry Inc., a consulting and training firm serving the corporate finance space. Her experience includes working as regional CFO at Aon Risk Services, vice president of continuous improvement at CEC, director of FP&A at HSBC, global treasury consultant at Hospira Inc., and regional finance and business operations manager at AT&T. A Certified Treasury Professional since 1997, Henry has been a board director for the Chicago Treasury Management Association and member of Association of Financial Professionals. She earned her PhD at Walden University.
Human Resource Business Partner, ARCH Global Precision, LLC
Shannon Hensel is the Human Resource Business Partner at ARCH Global Precision, LLC, a venture capital and equity group, where she oversees all human resource functions including payroll, compensation, all benefit programs, and ARCH's 401k plans for their portfolio of companies nationwide. Hensel’s prior experience includes working as a principal consultant, Hensel HR Consulting, and as a nationwide and global human resource manager. She also has provided pro bono HR consulting work for a variety of nonprofit boards and organizations, including working with the Taproot Foundation in Chicago. Hensel earned her MS at Capella University.
Capital Planner, Kraft Foods
Brian Jackson has over 14 years of financial experience working in public accounting, investment and corporate banking, and consumer products. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen before transitioning into leveraged finance at BMO Capital Markets where he focused on companies in the food industry. Jackson then joined Kraft Foods, working in various management positions in corporate finance. He earned his MBA at Northwestern University.
Vice President of Operations, Swedish Covenant Hospital
Jonathan Lind is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has worked in the healthcare industry since 1999. He currently serves as the vice president of operations for Swedish Covenant Hospital, a large community and teaching hospital. Responsibilities include project management, ensuring the organization’s operational excellence, and contract negotiation and management. Lind formerly served as the executive director of the Galter LifeCenter, a manager with DSSA property management, and as a short-term missionary to Mexico. He earned his MBA at the University of Chicago
Director and Wealth Advisor, Harris Private Bank
Gregg Lunceford has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and is currently director and wealth advisor for Harris Private Bank in Chicago. He serves as an advisor to high-net-worth individuals and families, assembling the appropriate teams of professionals to provide a full range of services as part of an overall wealth management strategy. Lunceford is a certified financial planner and an active member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council. He earned his MBA at Washington University.
Manager of Managed Care, Swedish Covenant Hospital
Katie Niesen has worked in the healthcare field for 16 years and is currently the manager of managed care for Swedish Covenant Hospital. She has previously held positions at other hospitals, insurance companies, and PPO networks in various parts of the country. Katie received her MBA from North Park University.
Principal, Green Events Source
Deborah Popely is principal of Green Events Source, founded in 2007 to provide sustainability consultation, training, tools, and marketing support for the global meetings and events industry. She has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, communications, training, and events planning. Most recently as a senior director at the Delta Institute, she provided marketing, communications and technical support to businesses, government agencies, academic institutions, and nonprofits related to green events, green buildings, energy-efficiency, local/sustainable food, green purchasing, and green economic development. Popely’s MM is from North Park University.
Human Resources Business Lead, Kraft Foods
Martha Trott has been a Human Resources Business Lead (HRBL) at Kraft Foods for the past 10 years, working with leaders on talent acquisition, organization design, development planning, and employee relations. Prior to Kraft, she worked for Amoco Corporation, Chicago Park District, and Honda of America, all in HR leadership roles both in plants and in corporate settings. Trott has significant experience in facilitation, mentoring, organization design, and employee engagement strategies. She also serve on the board of the School of Business and Nonprofit Management at North Park University. Martha has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Master’s degree in Labor Relations both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Director of Major and Planned Giving, The Field Museum of Natural History
Robert Shafis has been a successful fundraiser, speaker, and attorney for over 20 years. He began working in fundraising with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Foundation, where, as senior vice president, he and his staff raised over $100 million a year for LCMS ministries. He was director of planned gifts for the National Alzheimer’s Association and for Alexian Brothers Health System Foundation, and served as director of major and planned giving at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, where he participated in a successful campaign raising over $200 million. Shafis is currently the director of major and planned giving at Chicago's Field Museum. He has conducted planned giving audits, teaches major and planned giving courses, and has spoken to many national and local groups about major and planned giving, estate planning, charitable tax issues, and the process of fundraising. Shafis earned his JD from Valparaiso University.
Director, Global Treasury, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
Anthony West has over 15 years of experience working in international corporate finance and capital markets with major financial institutions and multinational corporations across several industries including pharmaceuticals, financial services, and consumer products. He developed his expertise in corporate finance, econometrics, and accounting throughout his career, beginning as a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen LLP in Chicago and then joining Banc of America Securities LLC in the fixed income unit of their investment banking division. Today, West is a director of corporate treasury at the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. He earned his MBA at the University of Chicago.